Lassa fever: Stop eating rats, Minister advises Nigerians


Roasted rat meat

Francisca Oluyole

Dr Mohammad Abubakar, the Minister of Environment has advised Nigerians to stop eating rats for now as 29 deaths cases have been recorded due to Lassa Fever outbreak in the country.

Abubakar gave the advice, while briefing the newsmen on the ongoing Lassa Fever outbreak in the country on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, Lassa Fever is transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with rodents (rat) urine or faeces.

“Nigeria is currently experiencing Lassa fever outbreak in several parts of the country with reported cases of fatalities.

“Latest report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released on Jan. 25 has it that 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths have been recorded in 11 states of Nigeria.

“Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Delta, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Ogun, Abia, Kano and Enugu.

“Out of the confirmed cases, 89 per cent are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi states.

“It is an acute viral…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria